The Sa Pa’s northwest market town is well-known for its charm and multicolours, making a perfect remark inside of an all-green mountain and rice paddy tour.
A hike tour from Hanoi for instance, will take you to several Hmong villages in Muong Hoa valley, where you’ll have a special chance to meet the friendly local residents and capture your best moments with a magnificent dramatic mountainous background.
Bold Vietnamese cuisines downtown and Saturday night’s ‘love market’ are some other signatures of this Lonely Planet.
Saturday Night’s Love Market
On this day, young villagers get a chance to join activities such as talking, singing, dancing and playing different games to get to know each other.
As the Sapa’s ‘real’ market of goods trade and cultural exchange is held only once a week on Sunday, the ethnics from further mountainous areas often take the chance to visit the love market happening the night before. Girls will show up in colourful costumes and silver ornaments, looking for guys dressing in traditional clothes of the same colour. Not until earlier the next morning will the market finish, leaving happy memories in many people’s mind. After that night, those who’re lucky may find their other half to go out on another date and later even become partners.
Not only has Sapa’s love market been something essential in the life of Lao Cai residents, but it’s also getting more attentions from travellers all over the world.